Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: October 4, 2011
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Published format: Paperback, 352 pages
Series: Carrier Trilogy #1
Purchase: Book Depository
Summary from Goodreads:
Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.
But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.
Now, before I really begin this review, let me just say that I did enjoy this book. Very much. I read this one weekend when I was driving over to Sandpoint, Idaho for a festival my brother’s band was playing in. And while in the car on the two to three hour drive we were also listening to Twilight on CD. Because of this, I recognized some similar plot points between these two books. Not to say that Twilight is the original for it’s kind of book, but it’s the most recognized. So I’m sorry if my comparison to Twilight turns you off this book, but honestly, while it is similiar (overprotective boyfriend, family who warns him initially to stay away from the girl, etc.) it still is its own story.
That is where the comparison ends though, because this is most definitely not a vampire book. It’s even better than vampires. I loved how the romance started out, with looks here and there. Then all of a sudden they were inseparable after only haven spoken a couple of times. That was a bit fast, but works out some later on. And then again doesn’t, not quite. It provides a problem near the end when decisions have to be made, and I was nearly tearing my hair out when they were being utterly selfish. I do though hope to see them find a way around their problem in the next book.
The writing was a dream. Leigh made her setting seem magical, and I had no trouble seeing any of it in my mind. I felt like I was there, and I love that about books. The only thing I had an issue with was the Carriers, Royal bloods, and the explanation of how the powers are passed down, who can or cannot receive them. I was never quite able to wrap my mind around the system for that, which is too bad since the idea is intriguing. I’m hoping it will somehow be better explained or shown in the next book.
Leigh’s debut book was a fun, magical read that definitely leaves you with questions about what comes next, and Adam is a swoon-worthy boy you don’t want miss!